Job Description - Employment Specialist - Community Employment Services
The dream of Hopewell Center began in the early 1950s when a group of parents sought services for their children and founded Peter Pan Preschool. The group was incorporated in 1966 and officially adopted the name Hopewell Center in May 1983.
As a private, not-for-profit agency, Hopewell has experienced rapid growth in services, personnel, and persons served. While originally focusing exclusively on persons with disabilities, Hopewell has expanded its services to families with infants and toddlers that are 'at-risk due to developmental or socio-economic factors.
Hopewell now has an array of facility and community-based opportunities, including family services, children's services, employment services, and residential services. Today, nearly 200 caring professionals provide person-centered services to over 450 individuals a year.
The following essential job functions for a Employment Specialist comprise a summary of job duties, requirements, and responsibilities contained in the job description prepared for this position. The job description will serve as the primary document in the selection and hiring process and constitutes the context for incumbent job performance and evaluation.
The following essential job functions comprise a summary of job duties, requirements, and responsibilities contained in the job description prepared for this position. The job description will serve as the primary document in the selection and hiring process; and constitutes the context for incumbent job performance and evaluation.
Develops consumer employment opportunities;
Assists consumers with application and interview process; Provides job coaching to consumers at the job site;
Performs situational work—site assessments of consumer work abilities;
Maintains daily documentation of job coaching and development ; Prepares written progress reports;
Serves as a consumer advocate to local employers;
Prepares progress reports for all consumers as required by funding source; performs post placement follow—up surveys and contacts; Attends and schedules appointments for staff meetings;
Maintains records and files, prepares necessary correspondence, and updates materials;
Coordinates daily methods of transportation to and from work for consumers . Provides training on accessing public transportation. Performs related duties as assigned, assuring the best interest of both the agency and the consumers' welfare .
Knowledge of and ability to perform situational assessments of consumer work performance;
Working knowledge of the needs of physically and mentally challenged individuals; two years of work experience recommended; Must obtain CPR and basic first aid certification.
Ability to maintain daily documentation of job coaching and development, and prepare progress reports ;
Knowledge of methods to develop employment opportunities;
Ability to effectively communicate in a tactful manner;
Ability to schedule and attend staff meetings;
Ability to maintain and continually update accurate and orderly records and files;
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
Ability to follow all personnel policies and rules of the organization; Ability to maintain confidentiality;
Possession of a valid driver's license and a demonstrated safe driving record.